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German Tour of Hermann, Missouri

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Approximately 30 4-H members and their families visited Hermann, Missouri on Saturday, June 2 to learn about German culture in the midwest. The general public was also invited to travel to Hermann to visit the Stone Hill Winery and tour the gardens during the town's German festival.

The town of Hermann, founded in 1836, offered a snapshot into traditional German lifestyles. The 4-H members visited a living history day at Deutcheim including the Pommer/Genter House and Strehley House where locals dressed in traditional German attire explained the heritage of the German people that migrated to Missouri in the late 19th century. Exhibits included a tasting of German foods and a working blacksmith. The youth also toured the German school, a working school from 1871 to 1955. The tour guide, a former student, explained the day-to-day life of students at that time.

The Hermann, Missouri trip was part of the 4-H cultural exploration Macoupin County participates in every year. Past cultural 4-H fieldtrips have included Chinatown in Chicago and The Hill in St. Louis.

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